Glasgow team go green fingered for local housing association


Eight staff from our Glasgow office volunteered for the day  for local housing association ANCHO to transform a community garden at the Hunter Drive development in Irvine, Ayrshire.

With around 150 homes benefiting from the community garden area, the team of ‘green-fingered’ brokers volunteered to get their hands dirty for the housing association to help makeover the garden for the many resident families and children to enjoy in the future.

Our Social Housing Team works with ANCHO on its property insurance so they were an ideal partner for the 2014 corporate charity initiative.

ANCHO is a community-based housing association with the majority of homes in Kilwining, Irvine and Dreghorn.  Formed in August 2000 following a stock transfer of around 900 Scottish Homes, ANCHO prides itself on being proactive in wider action initiatives to the benefit the community such as youth services, financial and employability services.  The housing associating also runs a community allotment and the community garden in Irvine, which was developed following funding from the Landfill Trust five years ago.

Liz Docherty, Assistant Director of ANCHO, said:

“Our community garden in Irvine has been a little neglected over the last couple of years so we are  thrilled to be the successful recipients of Bruce Stevenson’s ‘Corporate Challenge’ of giving our garden a much needed make-over.  It is very much appreciated by everyone who uses the garden – tenants and staff alike.”

Richard McDonald who heads up our Social Housing team added:

“It’s rewarding to help make a difference to the local community, many of us are keen gardeners so it has been a privilege to contribute to the development of the garden which benefits so many people. We’ve had a really fun day and it was a great opportunity for the team to work together outside of the office and do something worthwhile for a great cause.”

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